iPhone vs. Android is a debate as old as the hills. In this article, we don’t want to get into the same old debate about which one is better. Instead, this article is simply focused on providing some guidance to those looking to make the transition from iOS to Android, for whatever reason it may be.
Apple, since 2017, has had an app that actually helps Android users move over to the iOS ecosystem in a systematic manner. The app is called “Move to iOS” and it facilitates the transfer of all data from an Android to an iPhone.
Until now, smartphone users that went from iOS to Android had to do so manually. This entails backing up all their data onto a computer using a USB memory stick, a memory card or via the cloud and then moving the backed-up files onto their android device. The process was somewhat cumbersome and relied on the use of third-party applications.
Thankfully, Google has now launched an app called “Switch to Android” which helps users move all their stuff over from an iPhone to an Android device. Using this new app, data can be moved from iOS to Android without having to go through third-party apps, instead, everything is handled by the “Switch to Android” app single-handedly and seamlessly. This makes moving to Android easy even for the non-tech savvy.
Now that you have made the decision to move over to Android, you need to consider which phone brand is best for you. If you love mobile gaming, this article recommends Samsung. If it’s business, then the Google Pixel would be a great pick!
Once you’ve got your new Android device and you’re ready to transition to the dark side, you can simply follow the steps below for a smooth and lossless metamorphosis.
It All Stars by Scanning a QR Code
By using the Switch to Android app, data is transferred directly from your iOS to Android. This is unlike previously where the data would first be transferred to an intermediary and then moved over to the Android device. Since data is being moved directly from iOS to Android, a direct connection needs to be established between the two devices. Therefore, when you launch the ‘Switch to Android’ app on your existing iOS device, a QR code is displayed. Scan this QR code on your Android device and a pathway for the transfer is automatically established.
Choose What Data to Transfer
While making the move from one device to another, it would be a good time to only transfer data that you actually need to leave behind the junk that simply takes up disk space. On your iPhone, the Switch to Android app will ask you what categories of data you would like to transfer. The categories are – contacts, calendar events, photos and videos. Just select the categories you want to be transferred over and deselect the categories you don’t wish to migrate.
You should also note that the photos and videos which get transferred are only those that actually reside on your iOS device and not those on the iCloud. For transferring files from the iCloud, the Switch to the Android app makes a different provision later in the process.
The third step is to disable iMessage. The reason you need to do this is so that you get SMS messages on your new device going forward.
The Switch to Android app will actually prompt you to take this step. In order to disable iMessage successfully, ensure your iOS device is connected to the internet, this could be via mobile data or through a Wi-Fi network.
Go into the settings menu and then tap on the option ‘Messages’. You will find a radio button to disable iMessage, tap it and move it to the disabled position.
Note: since iMessage works on all your iOS devices and not just the iPhone, you will need to disable iMessage in the same way on all of your iOS devices. Otherwise, future messages will continue to be routed to iMessage.
Moving Over the Media Files Stored on iCloud to your New Android
If you don’t have any files stored in iCloud, then your migration is complete already and you can skip this step.
The Switch to Android app will now prompt you saying ‘You can request a copy of your date from Apple’. If you have files on iCloud that you want to be copied over to your Android, then tap on the ‘Start Request’ button. Enter your Apple ID credentials to access your iCloud account. After you’ve accessed your account, tap on the option that reads “Request to transfer a copy of your data”. From this point, you can simply follow the prompts and the process is quite self–explanatory. All your iCloud data will also be copied over onto your new Android device.
That’s all there is to it. If you were considering making the move to Android but were always put off by the manual process of moving files over, then the ‘Switch to Android’ app is here and you can now make your move in an easy and automated manner.